Wednesday, December 30, 2015

In the Kitchen: New Year's Eve Appetizers

Chef Dean Dassler from Twin River stopped by to show us how to make Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers and Hot Artichoke Dip.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

No Need To Be Chilly

Chilly? Natural gas is going to keep you warm in more ways than one this winter. Learn more at

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Why December Has The Longest Days

December has the longest solar days (noon-to-noon) because of the weird way a combination of the axial tilt of the earth and the eccentricity of its elliptical orbit conspire in December. Perihelion + Solstices = Long Days.

Friday, December 18, 2015

LED Ceiling Occupancy Sensor Lampholder Installation

Learn how quick and easy it is to install the Leviton LED Ceiling Occupancy Sensor Lampholder

Monday, December 14, 2015

adorne Collection in CityLine

adorne wall plates, switches and outlets featured in a recent episode of CityLine with award-winning designer Karen Sealy.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Lightfair 2015: WattStopper Exterior Lighting Controls

Wireless control specialist Bryan Pike details the features and benefits of WattStopper® Wireless Exterior Lighting Controls at Lightfair 2015. See how the solution maximizes safety and security while optimizing energy efficiency.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Leviton Presents: Project of the Month: Decora Plus™ Screwless Wallplates

Go modern with Leviton’s Decora Plus Screwless wallplates, which install fast and flawlessly. Sleek, versatile and convenient, the Leviton Decora Plus Screwless wallplates can stand up to heavy use while coordinating perfectly with paint or wall coverings. Think of them as the finishing touch to giving a home its signature look.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Modicon M221 - The Small Yet Powerful Logic Controller

See how to achieve benchmark performance while increasing profitability and discover the new Modicon M221 logic controller for hardwired architectures. The Modicon M221 is the most complete controller in the new Modicon range. It requires minimal installation, offers tremendous versatility and is available also in book format.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Finger Foods

Thanksgiving Finger Foods. Part of the series: Fall Entertaining: Snacks & Drinks. A lot of finger foods are great for the Thanksgiving time of year. Learn about Thanksgiving finger foods with help from an author and accomplished magazine editor in this free video clip

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Valena Life

Valena Life renews itself maintaining its sophisticated style and multiplying innovative solutions. The contemporary design of the new line mirrors actual trends: the square within a square is so delicate in shape and rational in application to satisfy different needs and to easily fit any context.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Valena Life Bluetooth Radio Module

Listen to your personal music though the flush mounted loudspeakers with this bluetooth radio module.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cruze Recessed LED Luminaire

An ideal choice for any commercial environment including schools, offices, retail stores and more - Cruze offers the perfect balance of stylish aesthetics, unbeatable energy savings and exceptional performance.

Friday, November 13, 2015

EZ-MAX Plus: How To Program A Low Voltage Switch

This video explains how to program a Leviton Low Voltage Switch for use with an EZ-MAX Plus relay panel. EZ-MAX Plus is the ideal solution for smaller, stand-alone applications that do not require complex field configuration or advanced networking features. Low-voltage inputs allow connection of photo­cells, occupancy sensors, low-voltage switches and digital switches for a comprehensive yet easily installed energy management solution.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Got Dirty Power? Clean It Up With AccuSine+ Active Filters

Dirty power is stealing from you. AccuSine™ PCS+/PFV+ active harmonic filters can clean up your power to maximize uptime and efficiency, improve equipment lifespan, and lower operating expenses. Reduce voltage fluctuations and minimize downtime with this simple and effective solution. Email for more information.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Another Happy Customer!

"I did my homework, no rushing to get the right person for the job. I was concerned about what type of electrician was going to show up,talk jargon I might not understand, and so on, it simply was opposite crushing all my concerns to peace.
Lee arrived and was extremely professional,easy to speak with,and understood my needs.
Quickly he was able to diagnose the problem, and fixed it. Really simple, no wasting time trying to burn the clock, humble, honest businessman, with the concern of leaving customers comfortable with his ability to do the job right the first time.

Lee operates his business with such integrity and joy. He was like a brother looking out for family, that is my impression. I'm blessed to have confirm as others on here, he is a genuine person.
If you are a smart business person, you know repeat customers come by great and personable experience, this was achieved with Lee.

Lee, if you read this, Thank you for such a positive, peaceful, honest, friendly, and professional business experience.

I would recommend this business to everyone who is looking for excellent service.
Sure, go do your homework, search and read reviews, then call Lee.

A+ Service!!!  Thank you, Lee."

  • Bear F.
  • Fairfield, CA

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Light Show 2015 - Ghostbusters

2015 Halloween Light Show – Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr

4 singing pumpkin faces, tombstones, hand carved pumpkins, strobes, floods, 2 Matrix boards and thousands of lights. All RGB LED except for the faces, floods and a few light strings. E1.31 DMX and LOR driven. 8000+ channels. Riverside, CA.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Customer Review!

"After getting a couple of estimates from electricians, Lee came out to assess our electrical issues. He diagnosed our problems, solved them, and offered some advice of what we needed to do instead of having someone come in and overcharge us for unnecessary solutions. He saved us from spending over $200 in work as estimated by others. He worked on and educated us for free on grounding a circuit that others would bill for. Lee is a very honest, trusting, practical, and friendly businessman. He is especially appreciative of helping out his military clients. We would definitely give him and his business a call for our future electrical needs."

    Yolanda S.

Fairfield, CA

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lumark Prevail LED

The Lumark Prevail LED luminaire delivers a new level of versatility in a low profile design that delivers significant installation and energy savings. A versatile mount arm makes retrofit installation simple, resulting in additional labor savings

Monday, October 19, 2015

Self Test GFCI's

he SmartlockPro Self-Test GFCI tests itself even if you forget. Designed to meet the latest UL standard for auto-monitoring (self-test) our complete line of self-test GFCIs periodically conduct an automatic internal test to confirm that it can respond to a ground fault. With the slimmest profile on the market, the device allows for fast and easy installation, while Leviton’s patented reset lockout mechanism prevents reset of the GFCI if it is not wired or operating correctly. The SmartlockPro Self-Test GFCI is the smart choice in ground fault circuit interrupter protection.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Helicopter Linemen

Most people dream of taking a helicopter to the office. Members of IBEW local 1245 get to do just that. Long lining allows them to access job sites with ease while protecting the environment and getting some amazing views.

Monday, October 12, 2015

How Using an Electrician Is an Essential Part of Home Maintenance

There are certain odd jobs and maintenance tasks that need doing around the home that can be easily completed, even if you are not entirely sure of what to do at first. Electrical work, however, falls firmly out of this area and it is vitally important that solving any electrical problems you may have is not attempted by anyone who is unqualified, or uninsured.
In a world where searching videos on the internet can provide you with step by step guides to completing almost any task, it may be tempting to take the do-it-yourself approach and, while this may work in other areas, it is strongly advised against for electrical issues.
Safety concerns
The main issue with trying to fix an electrical problem yourself is a safety one, and it only takes one slight lapse of judgement, or mistake and you could up electrocuting yourself.
Even if you succeed in not harming yourself, you may end up short circuiting, blowing the fuse or other potential problems, which can end up actually making things far worse than before you started.
Electrical systems are often set up in dissimilar ways, or wired differently, so even if you are following instructions to the letter, there is still a chance that something may go wrong. You can't put a price on your health, so don't consider doing any of the work yourself and instead hire a qualified electrician to do it for you.
Hiring professional maintenance
Whether you are a domestic homeowner, or working on behalf of a business or organization, it makes sense to have a qualified electrician survey your premises for outstanding problems on a regular basis.
Safety is the number one concern, so make it part of your home or work maintenance plan and you can sleep safer at night knowing you have taken all the recommended steps and electrical precautions.
Preventative work
As well as giving your house the once over, an electrician will also be able to offer preventative measures to limit any possible problems in the future. This may include pointing out any potential fire risks in your home, such as flammable objects near plug sockets.
An electrician can also provide useful suggestions about how to avoid common electrical problems in your house, such as electrical items short circuiting.
Research and referrals
You may find an inexperienced electrician charging a notably cheaper rate than his competitors and it may seem too good to be true, so tread carefully. Even if the cheap electrician is fully qualified and insured, he may lack the experience, so it could end up taking him twice the time do the same job, which would actually leave you out of pocket.
Where possible, try to enlist the help of someone who has been personally referred to you by someone that you know, or failing that try to seek third party reviews to back up their quality of work, as this will give you the best chance of finding a reliable and professional electricia

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Project of the Month Series: Motion Sensors

Leviton offers a wide selection of occupancy and vacancy sensors, commonly referred to as "motion sensors" or "motion light sensors" for commercial and residential applications. These state-of-the-art devices use passive infrared, ultrasonic or a combined multi-sensing technology. From wall and ceiling mount to wall switch and wireless, Leviton motion sensors enhance convenience, security and provide smart energy saving solutions for both indoor and outdoor use.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Eaton Revolve™ LED Outdoor Security LED Floodlight

The new Revolve™ LED outdoor security product line by ALL-PRO™ combines advanced LED technology and industry-leading optic design to bring you a low profile fixture with uncompromising performance.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Schneider Electric Oil & Gas

From the upstream to the downstream, and all points in between, Schneider Electric’s leading technologies help the industry improve business performance, safety, and energy efficiency.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Discover Our Range Of Solar Street Lights

Schneider Electric solar street lights provide lighting to off-grid areas, avoiding electricity bills and cabling. The best solutions for sunny countries.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Project of the Month: Decora

Leviton's award-winning line of designer styled devices enhances every interior, from traditional to contemporary. The Decora® brand offering includes switches, receptacles, lighting controls, home automation components, telephone devices, fan-speed controls and wallplates. All Decora® devices are provided in a broad range of colors to match or contrast with any decor.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Electrical Safety At Home

Time to use your detective skills to help Mike Sparks find electrical hazards around the home.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Captain QO and Homeline to the Rescue!

Captain QO and Homeline Save The Day. Animated Series on the benefits of Plug On Neutral Breakers and Time Saver Diagnostics.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Chester Jantz And The Central Valley Honor Flight

By B-K Lighting

Since 2013 the Central Valley Honor Flight has been committed to honoring local WWII veterans and Korean War veterans by sending them to see their memorials in Washington D.C.

Chester Louis Jantz – better known as “Uncle” never talked about his military career or for that matter anything personal. He is not one to boost about his academic or career accomplishments, political convictions or religious beliefs – he just lived his life based on these attributes. When I learned he was invited to participate in the April 2015 Honor Flight, I knew he would have to tell us more about this time in his life. Unbeknownst to me – or did I just not pay attention – he has written his “memories of his military service”.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Demonstration Of Facility Hero

How Facility Hero works? Discover Facility Hero demonstration. Use our collaborative cloud application to share logbooks and ensure the best performance and quality of services.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Maintaining Electrical Panels Safely And Effectively

Electrical panels are an important component in maintaining your home or business's function. In most cases, you never really think about them and just turn your lights on and off at the switch. However, this panel is one of the most important components to the home. It directs the flow of electricity from outside the home into the various appropriate wiring systems to deliver power to the things you do turn on. When a problem occurs, you may then immediately wonder if it is this panel that is at fault. However, most people do not realize that this system does require some maintenance.
What You Need to Do
When it comes to getting electric panels fixed, turn to an expert for help instead of trying to do the work on your own. It goes without saying that this is the type of job you need to have a professional do because of the risks involved. For those who have a faulty system that is not working properly, it may require a small fix or it may require the replacement of the system. In either case, you should call a professional out to do the work for you.
On the other hand, you may not have any problems actually occurring right now. Some mistakenly believe that this means there is no reason to even open that box, but there can be.
- When was the last time the electrical components of the home were inspected? This should be a part of your home's annual maintenance program. Ensuring no corrosion is occurring or any fraying of the wires is happening is a step in the right direction.
- Have you added a significant amount of computers or other high-powered items to your home? This can easily tax an older system. Have a professional find out if you are draining too much electricity in one spot and help them to put protection in place to avoid surges or other problems.
- Have you had any type of damage to the surrounding area or done any remodeling? If so, then it is a good idea to have a professional come out and do any type of repairs you may need.
Do not avoid having a technician come to your home to handle the necessary repairs or maintenance on the electric panels you have. By doing this it will ensure you have the best possible outcome and you can rely on the system on an ongoing basis without any risks of complications. Take the time to find out what condition your current electric panels are in and if there is any reason to worry.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Intuity Home Automation

The smart home just got a lot smarter. Meet Intuity - the latest innovation in our On-Q line of home automation products.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Halo HU10 LED Undercabinet

Get the soft, romantic look that undercabinet accent lighting provides. The Halo Undercabinet LED is simple to install, provides and evenly illuminated surface and lasts up to 22 years!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Xightor - Keep Your Life On Everywhere In Your House

Xightor from Schneider Electric is a perfect way to automate your house and enable you to enjoy every moment in life.

Monday, August 17, 2015

What Happens When You Mix An Apple Watch®, Water & The Precision2® In-grade Luminaire

President of B-K Lighting, Nathan Sloan has been convinced to put HIS money where OUR mouth is! Watch as he uses his very own Apple® Watch to prove B-K lighting’s patented HydroLock® Plate really does create a watertight seal in its’ in-grade luminaire’s Precision2® and Tenaya2®!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Discover the Better Space Hotel

ABB, one of the leading suppliers of automation and electrical solutions for residential and commercial buildings, has created the virtual hotel of the future - the Better Space Hotel.

In this hotel ABB showcases beautifully crafted solutions that work in harmony with leading architecture and interior design. This hotel demonstrates how comfort and energy efficiency work hand in hand, underlining ABB's commitment to power and productivity for a better world.

Monday, August 10, 2015

HI Connect 2015: Andrea Deckard On The Adorne Collection’s Utility

adorne sat down with Andrea Deckard of A. Deckard Designs at HI Connect 2015 to discuss integration of adorne by Legrand into her hotel clients’ design. Hear her discuss how she’s putting our custom wall plates, USB ports and outlets to good use for her clients.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Getting An Electric Wiring Upgrade For Your House

Having all your electric machines in good working condition and not experiencing any power disruptions does not mean your electrical wiring system is in a perfect working condition. You need to replace your wiring if it has been in place for at least four decades because it may no longer be able to meet the power needs of most modern electric appliances.
Complete rewiring for a home is an expensive proposition unless carried out cleverly, you need a little upfront planning to help reduce the costs considerably and increase value-adding features to your home.
A number of house insurers do not cover houses with faulty or poor wiring, and in any case if they do, they charge relatively higher premiums. This means having a fault-free wiring system allows you more benefits apart from increasing the overall safety of your house's occupants.
Are there any safety issues with old wiring?
Various studies carried out including that by the National Fire Prevention Association indicate that faulty wiring is among the leading causes of domestic fires. The older an house is the higher the chances for a faulty wiring, which may be outdated or unsafe. There are two major issues with old wiring systems, first one being deterioration of wiring materials with time, and the other one being the continuously changing codes for wiring.
Occasionally, you may need the services of a professional wiring expert to identify if your wiring system really needs to be changed, and it's with respect to this that you need to identify the best wiring company in your area.
Early indications that your wiring system is faulty
If you ever notice any of the following warning signs, it's advisable that you seek services of a certified electrician to redo or fix your wiring system:
  1. Repeatedly blowing fuses or constantly tripping breakers
  2. Dimming or flickering lights
  3. 2-prong ungrounded outlets all through the house
  4. Tingling sensation on touching a connected appliance
  5. Sparking outlets, which may be warm or discolored as well
  6. There are no Ground Fault Circuit Disruptor (GFCI) outlets in areas with high moisture level
  7. Your house has aluminum wiring, this were used during the 19760s and 70s and are likely to overheat at the receptacles when appliances are plugged in, thereby, causing major problems
Increased power use
If you have recently increased the number of appliances in your house, there is need to seek the services of a registered electrician to help determine if you need to change your wiring system so as to cater for the increasing power needs. In the recent past most houses needed power of 60 amps, but with the continuously changing needs of the modern household, most household need 200 amps.
If the current wiring does not cater for the exact power needs there is likely to be serious problems with your wiring system, which may even result in a fire outbreak or constant power cuts. On the other end even if you may not need to increase power there may be need for more power outlets to reduce reliance on extension cords and power strips which cause inconvenience and pose a health hazard.
To reduce the chances of having to redo the wiring system in the near future, it's advisable that you plan adequately for your future power needs by figuring in what you may possibly need to acquire in the future.
Wiring involves restructuring and hidden budgets
As much as wiring may seem such a simple task it involve a lot of activities which if not accounted for properly will result in a budget far much higher than what was expected. Look for the services of an experienced contractor for he can easily identify the hidden costs and come out with a more realistic budget.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Five Reasons To Call An Electrician ASAP

In the United States, more than 50,000 home fires are caused by electrical failure or malfunction each year. These unexpected blazes claim the lives of nearly 500 people and result in many more permanent injuries. The only bright spot is that many, perhaps even most, of these fires can be prevented with the help of an electrician. Here's what to look for.
1. System Failure
Because older homes were not designed to deal with modern electrical demands, they frequently shut down when overburdened. This generally happens in one of two ways: either the circuit breakers trip or the fuses blow. Both problems are a sure sign your circuits are drawing more current than they can handle. The solution? Your electrical system must be upgraded.
2. Lights Dim And/Or Flicker
Even if your home system is up to par, it may get overstressed when appliances are used at the same time. For example, both the air conditioner and the refrigerator require an awful lot of power to keep them going. When attached to the same circuit, these machines can cause interruptions in lighting systems. The simplest solution to this common problem is to connect larger appliances to their own dedicated circuits.
3. Too Many Extension Cords
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), more than 3,000 residential fires are caused by extension cords each year. It is not that these devices are inherently dangerous, but rather how they are being used that's the problem. You see, many homeowners don't have enough outlets, so they overburden the ones they do have with extension cords. A simple, relatively inexpensive solution is to hire an electrician to add a few outlets. This will not only save you and your family members from tripping over cords, but it will also dramatically reduce the risk of a home fire.
4. Warm To The Touch
No matter how much juice you use, outlets, switches, and other components should not get hot or even warm. If they do, it probably means there's too much demand on the circuit. When this happens, there's a good chance you could get a shock from touching an outlet or switch. As you might imagine, this presents a serious safety risk to everyone who enters your home. Although an entire system upgrade or overhaul may not be needed, odds are your electrician will have to rewire certain areas.
5. Advanced Age
Some things don't get better with age. If your home is over twenty-five years old and its electrical system has never been touched, odds are it has some serious problems. Rust, bad wiring, and antiquated circuits are the most common problems electricians find in older abodes. So even if you haven't experienced any of the aforementioned issues, you should have your system inspected by a professional.
An experienced electrician can help bring your home system into the modern era, thereby reducing the risk of interruptions in service and more serious problems like fires.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Can I Maintain Electricity Wires, Should I Hire Residential Electricians?

Residential Electricians maybe the most important technician you employ. The construction of your home may be complete. Now, what will happen during the life of your home. Every home has basic devices and appliances. Some homes are built to custom specifications. Usually, everyone undertakes some type of remodeling. The question is can you maintain the electricity wires in your home, or should you employ a residential electrician to make upgrades and changes during the life of your residential investment?
Maintaining electricity seems like it would be easy. Regular safety checks can ensure elimination of fire hazards. Everyone should regularly check smoke detectors and turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Strip surge protectors can be installed generously around the structure. This provides minimal protection of electrical devices. You should test all ground fault circuit interrupters once a month. So this will be a great start to maintaining the electricity wires in your home. A residential electrician can also suggest energy saving tips. They can also help with installation of faulty devices.
Other areas that should be considered are continual load calculations. When your electrical contractor designed the wiring for your home he performed a load calculation. As your appliances change or even as they wear out, the performance will change. The panel and the circuit breakers also behave differently over time. These components heat and cool over the years and eventually begin to not work as efficiently as they did when originally installed. Any licensed electrical contractor can help you perform a load calculation of your residential wiring. When devices begin to fail it is time to replace them. You may be comfortable with replacing these parts. It may be difficult for the novice to decipher wiring methods. Arcing wires in plastic devices are a fire hazard. Breakers that don't trip can lead to fire in the electric panel.
Ultimately protection of the system will depend on the maintenance you perform. All the before mentioned factors can contribute to longevity of your system. Failure to act in a timely fashion can cause serious damage to your greatest investment, your home. Your local contractor can help you perform these maintenance tasks. They can also provide valuable experience. The investment into prevention could save you thousands of dollars in the life of the property. I would never suggest that you are not capable of performing these tasks. What I am suggesting is the fact that your electrician is trained and insured. Why not let him do the figuring for you?

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Replacing Your Electrical Panel? Use a Licensed Electrician

Replacing your electrical panel is a good idea if you own or are purchasing an older home, especially if you are planning to bring along a truckload of modern appliances and electronics. The fuse box or circuit box that brings electricity into your home may not be big enough to accommodate your lifestyle and will soon exhibit some telltale signs that call for a visit from a licensed electrician.
Signs You Should Consider Replacing Your Electrical Panel
Inadequate Power - In order to accommodate the basic kitchen appliances, plus a home computer network, TVs, your HVAC system, and all other electronic conveniences found in most modern homes, homeowners typically need about 200 amps of power servicing the home. Most electrical panels only have 100 amps, so if you want to charge your cell phone, watch TV, and cook breakfast while you are drying your hair, you may have a problem such as flickering lights or a tripped breaker or blown fuse.
Still have Fuses - You may still need to consider replacing your electrical panel, even if you have no problems, if you still have fuses. Some older systems with fuses only have 60 amps coming to the house or may be improperly wired. To prevent a fuse from blowing out when it is overloaded, some homeowners put in larger fuses, which create a fire hazard. Circuit breaker systems are the safer route when replacing your electrical panel.
Age of Electrical Panel - Electrical panels are meant to last 20 to 30 years, so an upgrade is often necessary on a home that is older than that. You should have one circuit breaker or fuse for every wire or circuit to be in line with modern building codes.
Costs of Replacing Your Electrical Panel
Typically, when you upgrade service, the power company will bring new wires from the pole, add a new meter, and run any new wires to your main panel without charge to you; but, your electrician has to take some steps before and after the upgrade. Replacing your electrical panel can be a costly endeavor for several reasons:
  • Depending on the area of the country, wage rates for electricians vary.
  • Work permits and electrician licensing fees mandated by local law also vary.
  • The amount of work it takes to remove the old box and put in a new one can affect costs, especially if it is hard to access or requires demolition and replacement of walls, floors, or baseboards.
  • Replacing the panel can uncover other problems, such as obsolete wiring, that add to the cost. This is also true if the work is done in conjunction with remodeling.
When all costs are considered, the project for upgrading the panel might range from $900 to over $4,000. While there is no way to estimate the cost of panel replacement without a licensed electrician evaluating your particular situation, you can request multiple estimates from different electricians. The estimate should be detailed enough for you to get an understanding of the steps necessary in the upgrade.
Using a Licensed Electrician
Replacing your electric panel is not a job for amateurs. When you make a decision on which electrician to use, make sure to consider workmanship, quality of materials, and the extensiveness of the job, as broken out on the estimate. The supplies alone for the job are costly, so you do not want to waste materials on a job that will be unsafe or fail to pass local codes.
Replacing your electrical panel can be a smart, and safe, decision based on the age of your home and your power consumption.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Project of the Month - USB Charger Devices

Declutter, redesign, and charge up with the Leviton line of powerful USB Charger Devices.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Danny Lipford - Leviton Humidity Sensor

Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford. Danny is an expert in home improvement. Today, Danny is speaking about the Leviton Humidity Sensor.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Electrician Shopping - 6 Steps to Choosing the Right Electrician

When you're looking for an electrician, look for someone with whom you can form a long-term relationship. It's going to save you a lot of time and money if you can find someone whom you trust to get the job right the first time and give you the right price.
Step 1) Find Recommended Companies
You can get recommendations for electricians from friends and neighbors. You can also search on-line for electrician Los Angeles or electrician Burbank, and so on. If you add the word reviews to your search, you can look through company reviews.
Another approach is to search websites that feature reviews. Reviews appear on many websites including Google Places,,, and is an excellent source of recommendations for contractors but requires a small annual membership fee. On AngiesList, you can see how customers rated their contractors, including electricians, and details of how their jobs went.
When looking at customer reviews, take a look at the big picture. Is there one bad review among the many good ones? Is it just a grumpy customer? Is there a company reply that clears things up or says that it has corrected its employee?
Once you have three or so recommended electricians, take a look at their websites.
Step 2) Check the Electrical Company Website
· Is it presentable and well-maintained?
· Easy to find what you're looking for?
· Friendly, helpful, and not cluttered with hard-sell advertising?
· How many good testimonials?
If the website checks out, it's time to interview the electrician.
Step 3) Interview
When you talk with the electrician, pay attention to how comfortable you are, including your trust level. I've listed questions that you can ask. If you've already gotten glowing recommendations or it's a small repair job like fixing a broken light switch, you probably wouldn't want to ask them all. But if you aren't talking with a recommended electrician and you're planning a remodel, ask away.
· Experience with your type of work
· Years in business. Most companies which have stayed in business a long time have managed to keep their customers satisfied. They've also gathered a lot of useful experience and competence.
· Contractor's License Number
· Liability Insurance and Workers Comp Insurance. It's desirable that the company carry at least $1 million in liability insurance to protect your home should their work create property damage. Workers Comp provides for medical care for the electricians should they be injured on your job. Again, this protects you from liability.
· Guarantees. Some companies offer a lifetime guarantee on their work. This wouldn't generally include the electrical parts that they install - that's covered by the manufacturer's guarantee. However, the electrician should give you at least a several-year guarantee on labor. A guarantee up to the life of your home is best.
· Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. Ask for the exact company name that you should look and in which city. Sometimes, the BBB will use a slightly different name, possibly the formal legal name of the company.
· Pricing
· Website address if you don't already have it
· Names and contact info for five clients
Take notes on all this, particularly the License Number. If you decide to go ahead, you may wish to check some of what the electrician has said. If you decide not to go ahead, no need to proceed any further with this electrician. But save the notes so that you can remind yourself later of which companies you've already ruled out.
Step 4) Look and Listen
While you're gathering this information, listen to what is said but also pay attention to how the electrician acts and makes you feel. If you meet with the electrician, keep your eyes open, too.
· Do you like the electrician?
· Do you feel comfortable and not under pressure?
· Does the electrician inspire your trust?
· Do the electrician and company employees seem to know what they're doing?
· Do they seem to operate legally and behave ethically? Are they acting the way that you would want them to act towards you?
· Do they return phone calls promptly?
· Are they timely when meeting you for appointments?
· Do they listen to your questions and concerns and answer them in a way that is forthcoming and that you can understand?
· Does the electrician dress neatly and have a vehicle and tools that look well-maintained?
Electricians who are bidding jobs are on their best behavior. If you already notice that an electrician treats you or others in ways that concern you, better to find another with whom you feel more comfortable.
Step 5) Check It Out
· If you haven't already, check customer reviews. The first section of this article gives details.
· Enter the Contractor's License Number into the Contractor's License Board website for your state. See if there are any "black marks."
· Check the company's rating at the Better Business Bureau at Ratings run from A+ to F based on customer complaints made to the Bureau. As a note, an "A" reflects the same level of customer satisfaction as an "A+." The "A+" is earned by an "A" contractor becoming a paying member of the Better Business Bureau, which supports the Bureau in its work.
Step 6) Call References
Don't hesitate to call references. Customers are usually happy to give a good recommendation to help a deserving electrical contractor. You can return the favor later should a homeowner call you. Ask:
· How did your job go?
· Was your job done right the first time?
· If a return visit was needed, was the electrician easy to work with and prompt?
· Was company pricing competitive?
· Was the electrician within budget and schedule?
· Would you be happy to continue to use this electrical company?
Speak with at least three references. Listen carefully for enthusiasm or lack of enthusiasm about the electrician. Clients, past or present, may not feel comfortable saying anything negative. If they express little enthusiasm or say something negative, take this into consideration when making your decision.
A Final Tip: Don't Automatically Choose the Low Bid
A bid may be too low. How can that be? An electrician may intentionally omit items that the job requires, only to come back later saying that additional work needs to be done. On the other hand, some electricians may unintentionally bid low through inexperience. Either way, the electrician may ask for more money to finish the job or may leave you with an incomplete project.
Price is important, but judge the entire picture an electrician is showing you -- character, expertise, the ease of working with him or her, and overall value. A large part of an electrician's value is that he/she gets the job done right and safely without taking too much of your time and inconveniencing you. A very competent electrician can save you money by suggesting more efficient ways to do a job or to save on electricity. When you enjoy a good relationship with your electrician, it can save you both time and money.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Project of the Month: Upgrade Outlets for a Safer Home

Nothing is more important than the safety of your family and home. Upgrading standard outlets to GFCIs and Tamper-Resistant outlets helps reduce the risk of electrical shock.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Why The Services Of Certified Electricians Are Significant

What do you think of when someone says the word electrician?
Most people think of a local electrician who fixes electrical issues, comes out in an emergency and does some rewiring tasks. But electricians are much, much more than that and a good one can be a real asset to you and your home.
An electrician doesn't have to be called on just in an electrical emergency, but can be relied upon for a much wider range of services. For example - Is your current media and sound system installed with several wires and add-ons which you have added over the years? Cables, wires, computer game consoles etc are all stacked on top of each other and might be causing overloading issues? Your old electrical heaters or air conditioners might be consuming lots of electricity?
As technology, computer, media and sound systems advance in innovation; power supply and wiring system also needs to be upgraded along with lighting system? Is electrical energy going out too much on light bulbs which blow regularly or are you using the original light fittings from your 1960's built home or apartment? These are just some key areas wherein a good electrician might assist you with.
It's also good to check the impact your energy consumption has on the environment and on your quarterly bills. By talking to your local electrician you might discover that by installing new lighting system or switching to a longer lasting greener LED lights and light fittings, you can save money by reducing the amount of electricity it consumes and at the same time enabling you to reduce the carbon footprint.
If you think it's time to review the electricity and power set up in your home, it's worth reading these tips which will help you choose a reputable electrician who you can rely on:-
Reputation: Look for an electrical servicing company or electrician who has serviced your local community for a number of years. A business can survive for long with a good reputation only, so this is essentially a good indicator of a reliable outfit.
Pricing System: Ask your local electrician about their quoting and pricing process before you call them. Some electricians have hourly call out fees and you could find your final bill is a lot higher than expected. So look for a fixed price quote and guaranteed workmanship.
Certified Electricians: Check that the company you call out has all the necessary qualifications and safety certifications. This is important. Electricity is a necessity for us in the western world but still extremely dangerous and must be handled with utmost care.
Choosing an expert electrician means you can build a relationship with a company who can take care of your home and offer advice to improve the efficiency of your media, lighting, heating and cooking systems to ensure its safe and running efficiently for many years to come.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Reasons To Invest In a Standby Generator During Summer

Every year, millions of Americans are affected by power outages and loss of electricity. While some outages occur due to maintenance or faulty systems, majority of major electricity loss is due to severe weather. Power outages not only result in inconveniences, but also jeopardize the safety of your family as well. Majority of the time, we take the modern conveniences of refrigerated food, heating and cooling for granted. But during major storms where power could be interrupted for days if not weeks on end, an investment in a Standby Generator is worth considering.
Although generators can be purchased year round, there are certain times of the year that it is more feasible and logical to do so. Here are a few reasons to invest in a standby generator during the warmer months of the year.
Requires Professional Installation
Standby generators are sophisticated equipment that cannot be installed by your average laymen. They generally connect to other fuel supplies such as natural gas or propane and most of the time, require permitting and specialized equipment and know-how. Since these generators access underground supply lines, there is no better time than the summer months for contractors to easily dig underground. During the more frigid months, soil is harder to access and crewmen need to exert more effort to remove snow or ice. Crewmen are also more apt to work more efficiently and quickly when the weather is conducive to outdoor labor likely making the installation speedier. Standby generators, once installed, are fully automated and access underground lines once the main power has been disconnected. Some generators can even resupply your home with energy in as little as ten seconds from the time electricity has been lost. The complex installation process ensures that this is a seamless transition and that your generator will run efficiently when you need it most. Opting to purchase and install a generator during the warmer months is a smart choice.
Possible Tax Credit
Dependent on your financial situation and tax eligibility, home generators may qualify you for rebates and credits annually. Whether for a home business or residential use, the IRS has provided for some tax relief to encourage individuals to invest in generators and increase energy efficiency. Summer months are a perfect time to make a large investment as they fiscally fall about the middle of the traditional tax year. This leaves individuals a lot of time to prepare the necessary paperwork and check with your accountant or tax professional to ensure maximization of taxation credits.
When Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to more than an estimated 8 million homes on the Atlantic Seaboard for upwards of a week, standby generators were in high demand. Contractors and suppliers' schedules were booked solid for weeks, if not months at a time. An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure. Waiting until the last minute when storm season is upon us and generators are in high demand may mean that you aren't getting the best deal possible. Just as purchasing Winter clothes in the Summer months ensure a great deal, scheduling the install of a standby generator during the off-season months mean a better chance at scheduling and possible discounted prices or special manufacturer rebates. Hurricane season on the Eastern seaboard generally starts in late October - November. Investing in a standby generator in the Summer months mean beating the severe weather by several weeks ensuring that your generator is ready for use when your household needs it most.
Points to Consider
Standby generators are more costly than a traditional portable generator but seamlessly provide emergency backup power to your household when needed the most. Dependent on the size of the generator purchased, they can provide your entire household with all power needed, or simply power a few essentials like heating, cooling, refrigeration, medically necessary equipment and lights. All homes should consider the amount of time you could comfortably live in "emergency mode" without the common conveniences such as hot water for example. Though a standby generator is a purchase that can be considered year-round, Summer is an optimal time for investment.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

3 Steps to Take When Your Electricity Doesn't Work

So you think your house is going to burn down because a receptacle isn't working? I know ...I know electricity can be a very scary thing to have to deal with. Because so many people don't understand how it works, or what to look for when things do stop working.
I do want to be clear here...yes there could be a possibility of a fire happening if a plug or parts of the electrical system stop working. The chance of it happening is slim but it is real. You see an electrical fire typically is started because of a loose connection. Basically what happens is a connection that is joining 2 or more wires together will separate slightly. When this happens arching and sparking can be a result. If there is something that is close enough to catch fire from the heat being produced you can expect to have problems.
Now again the chance of something like this happening are small...but it does happen. OK so what should you do first if you notice that something has stopped working in your home?
1) Make a note of what is being used when you notice the you have any high energy drawing appliances plugged in that are not working any longer. Some examples of these are portable heaters (probably the biggest cause of many problems) hair dryers, toasters, basically anything with a heating element on it.
2) You'll want to be sure that you didn't blow a fuse or pop a breaker. To check on this you'll want to find were ever your breaker or fuse box is located at. Typically this is in the basement or storage area. Open the door, if you have round glass fuses check to make sure that there isn't a black spot in the center of any of them. If there is then you have a blown fuse, unscrew it and replace it WITH THE SAME SIZE FUSE. If you have breakers then check to see that all of the handles are tight. When I say tight I mean that ere isn't any play at all in the breakers. If you have a popped breaker then that one handle will certainly be much looser than the rest. Turn the breaker all the way off and then back on. It should click and stay in place. If it doesn't then you probably have another hidden problem and it is probably best to call in a pro. When you screw in the glass fuse same thing if you screw it in and it flashes or you see it turn black inside then you know there is another hidden problem
3) If you have done the other two things and everything is fine so far you might have a tripped GFI. The receptacles that are not working where are they located at? Are they in the bath room, kitchen, and basement or outside? If they are then chances are you might have a tripped GFI. Have a look around your home, a GFI can feed other downstream receptacles and cause them not to work. A GFI is a plug that has 2 buttons on it. A test and reset button. If you find a GFI press the test button. If it pops then you know that one was set before. Press the reset button again and it should click and hold that button in again. If it doesn't one of two things could be wrong. The GFI might have gone bad, or there isn't any power at that plug. In either case if you are not familiar with fixing electrical problems then you will want to call in a pro at this point.
What you have done up to this point will be very valuable information for your service man. This will save him time and will save you money.

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